I posted this little story on our Instagram page recently, titled
'WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?' :
While on tour in Europe in 2016, I spoke of the importance of music even for someone like me who had experienced life and death situations in which art and culture seemed like less of a priority for survival. Today, I remember that one of the only things that “survived” the destruction of our home in Bosnia in 1993 was the cast-iron piano frame from my mom’s upright piano. It was unusable, of course, because the piano was burned to ashes, but the cast-iron frame was still sitting there amidst a pile of rubble. The piano survived in a way, because it still carried a physical memory of a past life, rejecting pure annihilation.
IT CARRIED HOPE.
As my mom and I traveled the world as refugees, the one constant was music. I played the piano every day, as much as I hated this as a child. Then I played guitar, then drums, then bass, then electronic music became the thing. Regardless of what it was, music always seemed to be actively present in my life. Today, music has given me some of the most memorable life moments and some of my closest friends.
TODAY, I LOOK AT ART AND MUSIC—AND CULTURE IN GENERAL—AS A KEY PRIORITY FOR SURVIVAL .